Dysdera crocata, aka woodlouse hunter! I never knew their common name before today. I see them in our garden all the time. She was so shy she kept trying to hide between my fingers! My heart melted. She was so gentle.
Aberystwyth Castle, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales
When I was down the castle for a lecture I was fortunate enough to bump into this beast, It’s a Woodlouse Spider , Dysdera crocata (1) which uses its massive jaws to pierce the carapace of woodlice and other insects, it’s latin name Dysdera means hard to fight against and it is one of the few spider species in the UK to be able to bite through human skin.